Normally I’m too jet-lagged after New York to enjoy London Fashion Week, but Julien Macdonald’s Spring 2012 powerful bold collection erased the sleep from my eyes yesterday morning.

The first part of the presentation showcased military inspired pieces with square top military hats, boyish blazers, waistcoats and waistcoat dresses which were layered with crisp white shirts, dresses, fitted pants and nude leather quilted jackets.

A lot of these pieces were backless to provide a sexy edge.

Chinese prints and colourful knits followed before a succession of glamorous looks.

The cocktails dresses and gowns shimmered with beaded details and swayed with metallic tassels.

High octane gowns followed. Sheer gowns with the winged feathered embroidered details which are very Givenchy-esqe followed a bright canary yellow haltered gown and a silver metallic backless halter.

Key accessories included Porsche Design sunglasses, Breitling watches, platform heels and silver metal belts which toughed up most looks and played to the military theme.

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Martin Cullen for L’Oreal Paris created the wet-look tightly pinned hairstyles sported by the models with black, red or white paint. Miranda Jones and her L’Oreal Paris team applied that beautiful bold ruby red lip colour.

Front Row: Rosario Dawson, Alesha Dixon, Bianca Jagger, Eliza Doolittle and Lorraine Kelly (yes that Lorraine Kelly from GMTV).

Favourites: Chinese print halter dress with handkerchief hemline and leather quilted jacket with sweater and black skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rihanna, Jade Parfitt, Pixie Geldof, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle Macpherson, Olivia Wilde, Keira Knigthley, Heidi Klum, Shingai Shoniwa, Jessica Alba, Minka Kelly and Beyonce Knowles

Credit: Style.com & Red Carpet Fashion Awards